My mother ALWAYS taught me to be responsible...so much so, I maintained my fair share of worry and angst growing up with her. SHE was a very responsible woman...worked her entire life (right up until the day she died...fixing breakfast for her family)...and was a fierce teacher about taking care of your own. My family would have been considered quite poor financially when I was growing up, but I was never aware of this fact until I went to school. In grade school and high school, other kids had dresses and jeans ordered from the Sears catalogue, while my mother sewed all of our garments...it was cheaper. My first store-bought dress was for my 8th grade graduation...times were good in 1978.
But enough nostalgia...
Today, I was listening to some blow-hard show of women from the Democrat and Republican parties on PBS...the show was playing in the background (like bad Muzak)...debating about whether or not the government (in the USA...clarification for you overseas readers!) should do more to subsidize daycare for families. And as I mindlessly listened to these women, who obviously have or are currently raising children, I realized I was feeling myself become more and more disgruntled on MOTHER'S DAY...more and more "pinched". So much so, I imagine the sound of my anus tightening could be heard in the next county! I became so irritated to the point I had to shut the BoobTube off and flip on some hardcore Pat Benatar, singing, "Hell Is For Children" and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"!
OK...here is where I become wildly UNPOPULAR ON MOTHER'S DAY.
Let me first preface the following with my personal belief that we, as human beings, have become a rash on the butt of Mother Earth. We have procreated and inundated this planet with a population EXPLOSION running a close second race only with E. Coli and other prolific bacteria (you know? the one's we can't KILL?!? MRSA???). It is estimated that the current PLANET population is somewhere around 6.6 BILLION, breathing, eating, and crapping homo sapiens (not to be confused with homo sexuals...although, I "hear" this group is an ever-expanding populace with an "agenda". LMAO), and the United States has crammed over 300 MILLION of us bipedal primates (excluding the apes, of course!) between its borders and shores. And we, our arrogant "EWE-S-of-EH-ian" selves seem to think 300 MILLION is an OK amount of people to rape this tiny portion of land "we" inhabit...I mean, let's face it. We are NOT CHINA, who has 1.3 BILLION scrunched between its borders...that's ILLION with a "B"!!!
Our population, both in the United States and worldwide, has grown so out of control, we can no longer FEED 6.6 BILLION MOUTHS. Mother Earth only has so much soil available to grow our food upon...and we've contaminated the HELL out of what we DO have. The disparity between the so-called group of "HAVES & HAVE NOTS" has expanded its gap so wide, we can no longer even communicate with each other without having to shout across the great abyss that has formed between the two groups. Water is running scarce, children are starving to death, our air is barely breathable in some parts of the world, illness and war are at all time high levels of concentration, and...
And...And STILL, we continue to POPULATE. We continue to BREED like rabbits in the springtime. We continue to spread ourselves like an ever-inflamed and swollen RASH ON THE BUTT OF MOTHER EARTH. And frankly, I'm just waiting for dear ol' "momma earth" to apply the heavy ointment and rid herself of the 6.6 billion itch (that's illion with the "B" and itch without it")!
But what does my rant, subsidizing daycare in the USA, and Mother's Day all have in common? Not much, I suppose. LOL Except, I have grown weary of paying skyrocketing property taxes, sales taxes, federal taxes, and income taxes to support OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN. I didn't BREED. I don't have children. Not one of the 6.6 BILLION on the face of this earth is mine! I kept my legs closed (oh hush now, you naysayers!...there WERE offers!), educated myself, and made an informed decision NOT to bear children...for MANY reasons (but probably the biggest being the possibility of birthing something like the movie, "Humanoids From The Deep" ...my gene pool should have been drained a long time ago).
Yes, it's true. I DID take advantage of Public School...all twelve years of it. And I DID earn scholarships and grants to go to college, using the uppity "white man's welfare" (PELL Grants, etc.). And I DO drive on public roads, use public parks, drinking water, etc. I HAVE paid for these luxuries and I CONTINUE to pay for them. But I'm just having a hard time swallowing having to pay for OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN...other people's child daycare...because THEY chose to squirt the little spawn out! "If you can't raise the berry, don't pop the cherry" is what my nasty, old aunt taught me (who had 2 kids of her own). Sorry...channeling my Aunt June!
Personally, I think I should get a government KICK BACK...you know, a tax incentive for NOT HAVING CHILDREN. Pay me not to breed...never mind the fact it's probably virtually IMPOSSIBLE for me to bake a bun in my oven at 43...I had a good 30 years BEFORE now that I think I'm owed back taxes on! Pay others not to procreate...I think THIS idea would catch on better than sex education in our schools! Could you imagine how many potential teenage mothers and fathers "might" make other choices if they got PAID not to produce offspring?!? Yeah, you're right...sigh. Sex rules, and probably what would increase would be the rate of teenage abortions...something ELSE I'd have to subsidize through my taxes.
AWRIGHT...I've gone on long enough here and made more possibility for hate email to occur. Simmer down now...I'm kidding...sort of. LOL But I'm NOT joking about feeling angry at our government(s) for trying to put a dollar band aid on a problem when we've KNOWN this problem was occurring and CONTINUES to expand in our country. Subsidizing daycare in this country will NOT be an end-all to the financial burden facing families and particularly WOMEN who have children in the USA. It will NOT relieve a mother of the daunting task of trying to FEED the little mouth staring up at her. It will NOT make it easier for teens to stop having babies before they've outgrown their OWN childhoods. And it certainly will NOT increase the dwindling supply of natural resources that is occurring because of our over-population, which is the ROOT of the problem.
But hey...HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY anyway...